What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main divide between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are typically a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.